Per Policy 0900, USPC requires all volunteers holding a leadership position within Pony Club to complete the Member Protection Training. Per the policy, this training must be completed anytime there are changes to the training. Residents of Pennsylvania may need to submit valid Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearances - please see further information below.

 Adult Participating Member (18 years of age and over):

Effective January 1, 2022, Club, Center, and National Members of USPC age 18 and over, will be required to provide proof of SafeSportTM Trained Course completion.  In addition, all member of USPC aged 21 and over, will be required to complete a favorable USPC background check. Residents of Pennsylvania may need to submit valid Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearances - please see details on the Background Check page.

Pony Club Instructors/Clinicians, Local Level Examiners, and Other Volunteers:

Regular instructors/clinicians, local level examiners, and volunteers having ongoing contact with members are required to complete both a favorable USPC background check and provide proof of SafeSportTM Trained Course completion.  If applicable, residents of Pennsylvania may be required to submit Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearances. 

NOTE: If you have completed the SafeSportTM Trained Course through USEF or another sports organization, you may email your proof of completion to the Compliance Coordinator who will record your completion of the training in your USPC record.

Training Module

About the Course

The SafeSportTM Trained Course is presented in three sections.

  • All sections must be completed.
  • Once started, you may leave and return later to pick up where you left off.

If you have already completed the SafeSportTM Trained course at ANY time, through USEF or another sports organization, see our list of acceptable proof of completion then email it to the Compliance Coordinator.

If you are currently a USEF member and need to complete the SafeSportTM Trained course,  follow these directions and then email your Certificate of Completion to the Compliance Coordinator.

To complete the SafeSportTM Trained course without a USEF membership, follow these directions(NOTE: A $20 fee will be assessed.)

Additional Courses

The US Center for SafeSport also offers additional free courses for parents on keeping your athlete safe. The Parent's Guide to Misconduct in Sport is designed for parents of athletes of all ages. Additionally, there are free trainings designed specifically for different age groups, from preschool to high school.

Follow these directions to access the SafeSport Trained site. Simply create an account (if you don't already have one), enroll in the trainings from the course catalog, then go through the course(s) you selected.

NOTE: All individuals required to fulfill the Member Protection training requirement MUST complete the SafeSportTM Trained - US Pony Club or NGB course. Completion of any other trainings DO NOT FULFILL the Member Protection Training requirement.


The US Center for SafeSport has produced online booklets for parents to help them understand SafeSport best practices and how to respond to signs of abuse.

US Department of
Health & Human Services

To find the laws in your state regarding the reporting of child abuse, visit the US Department of Health & Human Services' website.


Email the Compliance Coordinator.

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is dedicated to all aspects of safety for our members and volunteers.  Beyond the safety issues inherent to riding and working around horses and ponies, we also strive to teach our members, leaders, and volunteers how to identify behaviors that can lead to an unsafe environment, including bullying and child abuse. 

U.S. Center for SafeSport’s online training course covers the following topics in-depth:

  • Mandatory Reporting
  • Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education
  • Emotional and Physical Misconduct

The SafeSportTM Trained comprehensive course helps you to recognize if an athlete is being abused, and most importantly you will learn how to prevent this from happening, or how to respond and help if the abuse has already happened. Education and awareness are the most critical components to creating safe and respectful sport environments

Procedure Regarding Child Abuse

In most states, either all or certain classes of persons are legally required to report child abuse to authorities.

Where classes of persons are defined, they normally include teachers, law enforcement personnel, childcare custodians, and health practitioners.

Each state has made its own determination as to who is a legally mandated reporter, and in some states, a volunteer is a mandated reporter.

Pony Club Parents, Leaders and Volunteers should check their state’s laws regarding the definitions of child abuse and identifying who are mandated reporters.

Visit the US Department of Health & Human Services' website that collects state laws regarding the reporting of child abuse.

USPC is utilizing the U.S. Center for SafeSport online training to fulfill the Member Protection training requirement.  However, U.S. Center for SafeSport does not handle any reports of abuse  or enforcement of policy for Pony Club.  Please follow the steps below to report a case of abuse.

Anyone who suspects or has reason to believe that child abuse has occurred at or during any USPC program or activity OR becomes aware of information that a staff member, Pony Club member, or Pony Club volunteer has been arrested, charged or pled guilty to any type of child abuse is to follow the procedure below:

  1. Report the incident to the authorities.  If the child is in immediate danger, call 911.
  2. Intervene to prevent continuing abuse if the circumstances do not create an unreasonable risk of personal injury, although requirements to intervene may be governed by state or local law.
  3. Under all circumstances and as soon as practical, contact any of the following  by telephone (859/254-7669) and/or e-mail the Executive Director (youthprotection at or email the USPC President (president at to report the incident and provide specifics regarding the persons involved and the circumstances, including the following: name of the child, present location of the child, nature and extent of the injury, and any other information, including that which led the person to suspect child abuse.
  4. Within two days, fill out and return to the Executive Director the USPC Report of Suspected Child Abuse or Incident Form.
  5. Cooperate fully with any investigation by USPC or by federal, state or local authorities.
  6. Maintain the confidentiality of any information reported as required by state law.

Any intentional and/or malicious false report of child abuse may result in a suspension from USPC activities for the accuser. USPC will make required reports to the appropriate authorities of all incidents of child abuse of which it becomes aware.

Observe these best practices at all times:

  • Always have another adult with you when interacting with youth members (Two Deep Rule).
  • Avoid one on one situations.
    • If a one on one situation is needed it must take place in view of other adults, or the public, where it can be observed and easily interrupted.
  • If a meeting has ended and a member has not been picked up by his/her parent, be sure to have at least two adults wait until a parent arrives.
    • Do not drive the member home without the specific permission of the parent(s) and then only if there is another adult in the vehicle with you.
  • Respect members' right to privacy at all times.
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